This report is an update on SAC's 2008 Retreat from the Hills report which
highlighted significant declines in the sheep and cattle sector across much of
Scotland. This is particularly the case in the hills, islands and uplands where
alternatives to extensive beef and sheep farming systems are very limited.
This report examines if there has been a response from the hills in recent
years as financial returns to beef and sheep have improved and with the
completion of the farm level restructuring that occurred immediately following
the decoupling of CAP support. The report is published as debates continue over
the recently announced EU Commission proposals for the post-2013 CAP, and
follows the Pack Inquiry and Scottish Parliamentary Inquiries into the future of
farming support in the hills and islands.
The report concludes by discussing the possible benefits of the new CAP
reform proposals for hill beef and sheep producers. It argues the case for the
current period of improved returns to be used to review and adjust farming
systems to make them more robust and less sensitive to fluctuating input and
output markets, further CAP reforms, climate change, exchange rate movements and
regulations in the future.
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Response from the Hills
See also the 2008 Report
Retreat from the Hills